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The Pioneer Florida Museum and Village will host the 18th annual Farm Festival and Quilt Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Highlights include the Hoffman Challenge Traveling Quilt Collection of dolls, quilts and clothes, and Robert Kaufman Fabrics Traveling Quilt Collection. There also will be displays from local quilters, and quilt appraiser and historian Brenda Grampsas will present a trunk show both days. There will be a quilt drawing, an arts and crafts show, traditional craft demonstrations, and a Hoffman Challenge fashion show both days.

As a special treat for this year's visitors, show coordinators are asking local quilters to display their hand-crafted story quilts. Anyone who has a quilt that has been passed down and has a story to tell is welcome to bring it to the museum. All local quilters are also encouraged to display their unique masterpieces.

In addition to the quilts, there also will be the Fifth Annual Draft Horse Competition, presented by the Southern Draft Horse Association, at 10 a.m. Saturday.

For those who prefer wheels, there will be antique John Deere tractors and garden tractor pulls taking place on Sunday.

Volunteers from the museum will be grinding cane and making pure sugar cane syrup for one final time this season. Guaranteed to warm hearts, museum mules Lucy and Michael will be on the grounds both days.

Offering entertainment for the event will be Patrick Gibson, the Florida Cracker Country Boy, performing from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. The Florida Cracker Cowboys and Mountain Brew will perform Sunday afternoon.

Admission to the event is $8 for adults, $4 for children 10-17, $2 for children 5-9 and children younger than 5 are free.

For more information, visit www.pioneerfloridamuseum.org or call (352) 567-0262. The Pioneer Florida Museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving Florida's pioneer heritage. The museum is 1 mile north of downtown Dade City, off U.S. 301.

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Christina Bates, social change community organizer for Sunrise of Pasco County, will be the featured speaker for the Rotary Club of San Antonio at noon Tuesday at Tampa Bay Golf and Country Club. The meeting is open to the public.

Bates will emphasize the importance of organizations and clubs working together to make the community a safer place to live and raise children. Domestic and sexual violence is an issue that affects everyone in the community, either directly or indirectly. It takes combined efforts to end this violence.

One of the collaborative areas to be discussed at Tuesday's meeting is Sunrise's work in schools to prevent violence from occurring in the first place. It is important for community organizations and clubs to support youth by educating them about domestic and sexual violence; by encouraging them to get involved; and by sponsoring their events, donating funds and inviting them to give presentations on their antiviolence work.

Members of local Rotary clubs and Sunrise have worked together in a number of ways, most recently to furnish several bedrooms at the emergency shelter in Dade City. San Antonio Rotarian J.D. Moore, owner of "By Referral" Realty, has served on the Sunrise Board for several years.

Sunrise of Pasco recently celebrated 25 years of service to the community. Services provided include emergency shelter, counseling, thrift store, community education, professional training, legal advocacy, emergency hotline, information and referral. Volunteer opportunities range from helping in the thrift store and assisting with yard maintenance to offering educational workshops and providing professional services such as massage therapy and hair styling. Anyone interested in learning more about volunteering should call Bates at (352) 521-3358 or email cbates@sunrisepasco.org. Any victim of domestic violence or sexual assault can call for help at (352) 521-3120.

The Rotary Club of San Antonio meets at noon every Tuesday at Tampa Bay Golf and Country Club. Visitors interested in learning more about Rotary are always welcome. The San Antonio Club is one of 32,841 Rotary International Clubs, with more than 1-million members worldwide

What's Happening

The annual Arbor Day celebration, sponsored by the City of Dade City and the Dade City Garden Club, was held recently at the Dade City Garden Club building, 13639 Fifth St. The Memorial Tree dedications that are given throughout the year are recognized by the donors in a special ceremony.

Garden Club president Theresa Frese welcomed club members and guests. Pat Carver, co-chairman of the Arbor Day program, presided and gave acknowledgements and recognized the 2008 recipients of Memorial Trees and Memorial Bricks.

City Commissioner Scott Black gave the invocation and led in the Pledge of Allegiance and the Conservation Pledge and read a proclamation from the City of Dade City in recognition of the garden club's work with trees. Arthur Clothier, Florida Division of Forestry and Pasco County Forestry, and William Moriarty of FDOT, the president of T.R.E.E., spoke at the ceremony. Clothier brought longleaf pine seedlings for all.

Those honored for planting trees were Enis Redden, Anne and Frances Touchton, Don and Margaret Geiger, Juanita O'Berry, Ryan William Labus, Frank Johnson, Gordon Page, Mabel Davenport, Dick Endress, Ralph Carter, Robert Foster, Jane Huckabee, Cain, Dave Lindsey, Wesley Ward, Sally Nichols, Mary Morgan, Marie Herring, Becky Peeler and Steven G. Tyler.

Phil Williams and Skip Mize were honored with a Memorial Brick on the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of Williams/Lunch on Limoges.

Plans and arrangements for the meeting were arranged by Arbor Day Chairman Vickie West.Sally Redden was responsible for the procurement of the trees, and Ginnie Geiger and Pennie Jefferson worked with the City Parks Crew to plantthe trees.

Founded by the City of Dade City and the Dade City Garden Club, the memorial tree program has dedicated more than 200 trees through the years. Memorial trees include the E. Palatka Holly trees planted along Church Avenue, crape myrtles in the medians on Meridian, and oaks and magnolias in parks around Dade City. For more information about dedicating a tree, call Carolyn Griffin at (352) 567-6204.

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